When the Light Goes Out

Fiction - Suspense
144 Pages
Reviewed on 04/21/2018
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

When the Light Goes Out is an apocalyptic thriller novel written by Shawn Bartek. Ami’s life had changed forever when her dad died. It had been several months now since that awful evening, and her mom’s apparent break with reality had, if anything, worsened. Ami was now, to all intents and purposes, the “Replacement Mom” for her little sister, Dana, while their mom went on vacations with her friends. Ami also had to deal with the awkwardness of her breakup with Scott, who seemed to have replaced her with some ease. Only Marc, who shared art class with her, seemed to be able to make her laugh and forget for a few moments the confused and guilt-ridden place that had become her mind. Marc was trying to get up enough courage to ask her to the prom, but Ami seemed almost impossible to approach on that subject. They were carefully skirting around the issue when suddenly the lights started going on and off in the room. There was an emergency. Not a drill. An emergency that was life-threatening. The town was being evacuated, but Dana was alone at home. Ami had to get to her somehow.

Shawn Bartek’s apocalyptic thriller, When the Light Goes Out, is a taut and suspenseful story about a disaster waiting to happen and the impact it has on a small town. The author’s characters respond in ways that are often predictable but sometimes totally surprising. One schoolmate steals Ami’s car after getting the attention of some very frightening predators and Marc finally gets to show Ami who he really is. The disaster is one that could easily happen, and the plot of this story is terrifyingly real. When the Light Goes Out is well-written and fast-paced. It’s most highly recommended.